Covering personal expression, a method of production and the realities of the market, this program is indeed an ambitious one. Using a material and technique of choice, artisans must create, fabricate and share works of produced objects. The manner in which the program is structured reflects the ongoing relationship between creation and the management of the resulting object.
This specialization trains individuals to become artisans specialized in different glass art techniques and capable of designing and making works, producing either a single piece or a batch of several at a time. The finished products can either serve utilitarian or decorative purpose or be a form of artistic expression. Artisan glassmakers design and make glass objects and works. In most cases, their work can be broken down into the following process: preparation of technical and presentation drawings, creation of templates and moulds, selection, preparation and shaping materials and finishing work. They can also be called upon to produce scale models and prototypes, estimate cost prices and manage production. Lastly, they are often also mandated with workshop maintenance and the fabrication of tools and equipment.
These makers can work in various sectors of activity including tablewear, furniture, jewellery, corporate objects, lighting, visual arts and architectural elements.
Contrary to countries that boast a long history in the glass arts and have countless glassmaking companies, there are few businesses in Quebec where glassmakers can find work. Being self-employed is the only option for graduates of this program.